Town Council approves new board bylaw
As part of the Town’s Strategic Plan, Council has placed an emphasis on Tourism, creating the new Vegreville Tourism Advisory Board separate from the Economic Development Advisory Board.
The board will exist to set priorities and goals for local tourism in the region. The main goal will be to improve and increase local tourism opportunities for the Town of Vegreville and the County of Minburn.
The new board will consist of voting members from the following areas:
- Two members of Town Council
- One member of the County of Minburn Council
- Eight community representatives including a cross-section of the tourism sector
The board will strengthen the overall visitor experience through marketing and product development initiatives.
Council commenced process for the removal of reserve designation on Town land
Town Council commenced process to remove the reserve designation of Lot R, 1825NY, North of the Vegreville Composite High School.
A public hearing regarding the removal of the reserve designation will be held on February 25, 2019 at 6:30pm prior to the regular Town Council meeting. Once the removal process is complete, the Town plans to announce details about the designated highway signage area.
Subdivision application reviewed by Council
Town Council reviewed subdivision Application File No. 19-BEL-001, Lot 4 Block 37, Plan LXXX. The application was submitted to the Town of Vegreville Subdivision Authority for the purpose of creating two titled lots from on existing residential lot.
Town adopts a Business & Community Recognition Policy
Council approved a policy to recognize businesses and community groups in Vegreville. The policy will commence as of February 12, 2019.
Recognition categories are: Business: new storefront or change in ownership
Business: new home business
Community and business milestones. (milestones are 10 year increments)
Employers of Volunteer Fire Fighters
Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework Project between Town and County
Through the Alberta Community Partnership (ACP) program, the Government of Alberta encourages strengthened relationships between municipalities and co-operative approaches to service. The County of Minburn has been approved for a grant under the Intermunicipal Collaboration component in support of their Intermunicipal Collaboration Framework project. The Town of Vegreville is pleased to collaborate with the managing partner County of Minburn.
Council is committed to the Town of Vegreville Safety Program
Town Council has made it evident that they are committed to the Safety Program by adopting the Occupational Health, Safety and Environment Management System Commitment Statement. The Town is now compliant with OH&S regulations, by fulfilling the commitment to protect person, equipment materials and environment.
Town divests ambulance operations to Alberta Health Services (AHS)
In January 2008, Town Council made the decision to establish its own ambulance service after the former contract operator had given notice. In May 2008, the Province of Alberta announced AHS would fully fund Ground Ambulance Services in Alberta, which took effect April 1, 2009.
The Town of Vegreville has dutifully operated the EMS service since 2008 and prudent financial stewardship has been able to operate without funding from the municipality. The forecast for the service shows that at current rates, the surplus which is used to cover the annual operational, shortfall will be depleted by 2020 under the current contract. The challenges to this have been in escalating operational costs of goods, services, and salaries for the employees.
One of the strongest advantages to the Town operating the service was that the town controlled the service and to some extent, the level of service. In 2013 this all changed when AHS mandated central dispatch of all ambulances. This means that the closest ambulance to the call will be sent regardless of who operates that ambulance.
The Town of Vegreville has examined this operation and determined that considering the change of control, contract status and fiscal reality the best decision for the future is to divest. This process will take anywhere up to 6 months, with the Town being required to be prepared to continue operating the service up to 18 months.
The Town of Vegreville with this decision is ensuring that no municipal funding will be used to offset the service operational shortfall. Our existing model is one of the few remaining examples in the Province in which a small municipality operates as a not for profit contract provider for AHS.
AHS has ensured the transition will not have any impact to the level of service. When you dial 911 for an ambulance, it will arrive.
For more information:
Communication Coordinator | Administration Town of Vegreville
P: 780-632-2606 C: 780-603-8101